Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29814 (Hints)
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Tilsit is once more hard at work this morning so I’m providing a few hints to get you started. There’s a reasonable amount of GK required today and there’s one clue (30a) which I don’t really understand. I’ll be interested in your views.
Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
1a Award half-decent speech (10)
Join together half of the word decent and a formal speech.
11a Picked up something from Rome that smells nice (9)
This sounds like (picked up) what’s associated with the Church of Rome and its head.
12a Air support on course to cover Matthew and son (8)
The support thingy on a golf course that’s so useful to crossword setters contains an alternative name for the apostle Matthew and the abbreviation for son.
15a Men provided something cold for opening (7)
Assemble the abbreviation for soldiers who aren’t officers, a conjunction meaning provided and something cold.
27a Theatre regularly ignored Friends character? Blow it! (9)
Ignore every other letter from the word theatre and add the forename of one of the female characters from the TV series Friends.
30a Rich remark made to tailor for a job well done (4-6)
I don’t really understand why you’d compliment a tailor in such a way – surely it’s what you might say to a cobbler who’d done a good repair? (or am I missing something?). Update: the clue has now been updated on the Puzzles website with ‘tailor’ changed to ‘cobbler’ (though one part of the answer is still in the clue).
1d Obligation of French telecom company (4)
Charade of the French word for ‘of’ and a British telecom company.
3d Perhaps write right verse (5)
Write and right are an example of the answer.
5d Food over at breakfast? (7)
String together the cricket abbreviation for an over, AT (from the clue) and what breakfast is an example of.
7d Mysterious meteoroid oddly missing base (5)
Strip away the odd letters of meteoroid and append the letter that is used for the base in logarithms.
25d Group own all but the last two (5)
This is a verb to own without the last two letters.
26d Promise part of hospital will get oxygen for American (4)
Start with a hospital room and replace the abbreviation for American with the chemical symbol for oxygen.
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